Carrefour opens new convenience store at Bruxelles Congrès railway station; will open 7 more in 2017

Carrefour opens new convenience store at Bruxelles Congrès railway station; will open 7 more in 2017

 

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour will open at least 7 more convenience stores in 2017, including one today (11/09/2017) at Bruxelles Congrès railway station. In so doing, Carrefour is increasing the density of its Express store network across the whole country.

On Wednesday 8 November, Carrefour opened a new convenience store right in the centre of Brussels at 47/49 rue Royale. It is very close to the Congress Column in an area that is considered an administrative, tourist, residential and cultural district (the Cirque Royal and Théâtre du Parc are close by), as well as one through which people pass.

Like all Carrefour Express stores, this new one will ideally tailor its offering to meet consumers’ needs. It will stock a wide variety of meal solutions that can be enjoyed at any time throughout the day (ready-made dishes, snacks, meat, poultry, fish, fresh fruit and vegetables). Customers will also find a broad range of staple products, together with all the “essential” grocery and pharmacy products that they need on a day-to-day basis. And these are available in Carrefour’s own brand and national brands.

At least 22 store openings in 2017
With this latest opening and the ones scheduled for between now and the end of December, Carrefour is reasserting its desire to support its customers as effectively as possible with services and opening times tailored to meet their needs. At least six more Carrefour Express stores are slated to open this year. This will bring the number of new convenience stores in 2017 up to 22. This figure may even rise to 24. Indeed, if circumstances allow it, another two Express stores could be opened by 31 December (provided the necessary licences are obtained, the franchisees make progress with their applications, etc.).

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

Source: Carrefour Group

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NACS survey: Convenience store food sales grows; retailers optimistic on business prospects for the remainder of 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va., 2017-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Convenience store retailers say that in-store sales have performed strong so far this year, and they are optimistic about their business prospects for the remainder of 2017, largely because of the growth in food sales, according to a survey of U.S. retailers released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

Three in five convenience store retailers (60%) say that in-store sales in the first nine months of 2017 were higher than the same period last year, compared to 20% who say sales thus far were lower. And one in three (35%) say that motor fuels sales were higher compared to the first nine months, compared to 27% who say sales were lower.

Three in four retailers (75%) say they are optimistic about how their business will perform leading into the fourth quarter. While retailers attributed several reasons for both strong sales and optimism, an increased emphasis on fresh food sales was most often cited. Pride C-Stores Inc. (Columbia City, IN) is placing a greater emphasis on prepared foods, Kwik Trip (La Crosse, WI) continues to grow its hot foods program, and Cameron Park Petroleum (Folsom, CA) is experiencing strong sales with its fresh sandwich program.

A robust foodservice program is just part of the overall reimaging program at Landhope Corp. (Kennett Square, PA). As part of its remodeling process, the stores have provided more fueling locations for customers, improved aesthetics with enhanced lighting both inside and outside the store and an expanded foodservice program that has been well-received by customers, noted Dennis McCartney, the company’s director of operations.

Greater consumer confidence also has helped grow store sales, according to the retailers NACS surveyed. Both the economy and consumer confidence was cited as an important factor growing sales at Gate Petroleum Co. (Jacksonville, FL) and Gore’s 66 (Tuttle, OK).

In fact, the survey found that most convenience store retailers are equally optimistic about the overall economy. More than three in four (76%) say that they are optimistic about the economy in the fourth quarter, a significant increase from this time a year ago when only 53% of retailers were optimistic about the economy. Additionally, 73% of retailers say they are optimistic about the convenience store industry’s prospects leading into 2018.

“We are becoming well known for awesome food, clean facilities and great customer service,” said Don Burd with Otter Creek Country Stores Inc., summing up both his company’s and the industry’s prospects.

Despite the overall optimism, retailers did express some concerns, citing high insurance costs, a shrinking labor pool and increased competition from retail disruptors like Amazon, noted Michael Lanman with Lanman Oil Co. (Charleston, IL).

Most survey respondents (60%) also say that they will be attending next week’s NACS Show, October 17-20 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Retailers cited finding new ideas and networking as the prime reasons for attending the NACS Show, which annually draws more than 22,000 attendees. Specifically, retailers say they are looking forward to finding new foodservice equipment, hear ideas from their peers that will help drive operational efficiencies and explore new trends that could enhance their businesses.

“I’m going so that I can network and learn from those who are trying to improve their businesses. Remember the law of serendipity: Lady Luck favors those who try,” said Lonnie McQuirter with 36 Lyn Refuel Station (Minneapolis, MN).

The quarterly NACS Retailer Sentiment Survey tracks retailer sentiment related to their businesses, the industry and the economy. A total of 90 member companies, representing a cumulative 1,778 stores, participated in the October 2017 survey.

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NACS advances the role of convenience stores as positive economic, social and philanthropic contributors to the communities they serve. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores nationwide selling fuel, food and merchandise, serves 160 million customers daily—half of the U.S. population—and has sales that are 10.8% of total U.S. retail and foodservice sales. NACS has 2,100 retailer and 1,750 supplier members from more than 50 countries.

SOURCE: NACS

For media interviews/comments contact Jeff Lenard.

NACS debuts its new podcast series “Convenience Matters”

​ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2016-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — NACS debuted its new podcast series, “Convenience Matters,” that discusses topics related to the convenience store industry. The first three podcasts in the series “Convenience Matters,” can be downloaded at www.nacsonline.com/podcasts and iTunes. The podcasts also will soon be available on Google Play.

The first episode (“New Cars and New Fuels”) focuses on the new vehicles and technologies that will shape the future automotive landscape with a report from the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Program co-hosts Jeff Lenard, NACS vice president of strategic industry initiatives, and John Eichberger, executive director of the Fuels Institute, spoke to the Fuels Institute’s Donovan Woods about trends seen at the auto show.

The second episode (“Making the Healthy Choice the Convenient Choice”) features the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Amaris Bradley, who discusses the convenience retailing industry’s opportunities and successes related to selling healthy options.

In the third episode (“Is Hydrogen the Next Big Fuel?”), Bob Wimmer from Toyota Motor North America and Joe Gagliano from the California Fuel Cell Partnership discuss some of the high-level initiatives that are seeking to make hydrogen-fueled vehicles a reality.

A new episode will be released every Monday, focusing on topics related to convenience stores.

“Whether it’s for food, fuel drinks or snacks, about half of the U.S. population is at a convenience store every day. We’ll talk about what we see at stores — and what the future may hold – as long as it’s convenient,” said Lenard. “We are very pleased by the strong attention that the podcasts have already received and encourage listeners to send us suggestions for future topics.”

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $483 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

SOURCE: NACS

For media interviews/comments contact Jeff Lenard.

New dinner kit for time-starved customers launched at a Square One Markets convenience store in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

​BETHLEHEM, PA, 2015-10-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — A pilot test for new dinner kit that allows time-starved customers to quickly prepare nourishing family meals in less than 30 minutes was launched today at a Square One Markets convenience store in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

The all-in-one kits provide healthy options to consumers and eliminate three significant downsides to many popular meal-delivery kits: cost, packaging waste and the need to plan a day or more in advance to order them.

Square One Markets is selling The Six O’Clock Scramble Fresh & Fast Family Dinner Kits™, developed by The Six O’Clock Scramble, a company dedicated to sharing fresh and fast family dinner solutions. The dinner kits provide all-in-one meal ingredients and recipe cards that contain everything time-stressed families need to prepare a fast, fresh meal. They sell for around $20 and are designed to feed a family of four. At $5 per person, the dinner kits are less than half the price of meal-delivery services — and without the packaging waste and carbon footprint from shipping.  The kits also will feature some locally grown and produced ingredients from the Bethlehem area.

Square One Markets and The Six O’Clock Scramble worked with the Project on Nutrition & Wellness (PNW) and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) to develop the family dinner kits.

The September 30 launch at the Square One Markets store on 1125 W. Broad St. in Bethlehem, features cooking demonstrations and recipe sampling from 12:00 pm to 6:30 pm featuring the creator of the dinner kits, renowned cookbook author, Today show contributor and The Six O’Clock Scramble CEO Aviva Goldfarb.

Square One Markets will offer the dinner meal solutions for the next 10 weeks as part of the pilot test. A new meal will be offered each week to customers and the groups will survey customers to determine which meals worked best — and why.

“Our customers are excited to be part of this pilot test and look forward to redefining convenience with these meal solutions,” said Square One Markets CEO Lisa Dell’Alba. “It makes so much sense to create this program for drivers already fueling up.”

“The evening hours are when families stress about dinner preparation plans. This evening rush is also the most popular time to buy gasoline. This is a great way to combine two trips into one,” said Jeff Lenard, vice president of strategic industry initiatives for the National Association of Convenience Stores. Convenience stores sell an estimated 80% of the gasoline purchased in the United States, an estimated 32 million fill-ups every day.

“Square One Markets, with nine convenience stores selling fuel in and around Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is a perfect test for the national concept, especially with its full-service fueling and curbside delivery service at select stores,” added Julie Garel, director of the Project on Nutrition & Wellness.

Only 50% of families have dinner together at least five nights a week, and one in three American children is obese. The Six O’Clock Scramble Fresh & Fast Family Dinner Kit™ allows families to recapture family dinners and do it in a nutritious fashion. For the past 12 years, The Six O’Clock Scramble has sought to remove many of the barriers that prevent families from having a healthy, delicious dinner together, such as indecision, exhaustion and lack of time. Through a website and cookbooks, the company provides simple, healthy meal plans that can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.

“As more families have two working parents and busy schedules, it can be a challenge to plan for healthy meals, let alone make an extra stop to purchase the ingredients. The Six O’Clock Scramble Fresh & Fast Dinner Kits™ provide a convenient and affordable solution for busy families, and gets them on their way quickly to a healthy family meal,” said Aviva Goldfarb, CEO of The Six O’Clock Scramble.

Families that want to cook more meals together but can’t say that the main reasons are busy schedules (43%) and they are too tired after school or work (31%), according to a new NACS consumer study conducted by Penn Schoen Berland. This dinner kit addresses both obstacles.

Meanwhile, demand for meal kits is there. More than three in four consumers (77%) say that they would be interested in purchasing an all-in-one meal kit from a store. Convenience store customers are especially receptive: 85% of weekly convenience store customers would purchase a dinner meal kit, according to survey results.

Note to reporters: Please contact Jeff Lenard at NACS to arrange for interviews, obtain details about the event or acquire photos and images of the dinner kits (703/518-4272; cell 703/608-5922; jlenard@nacsonline.com).

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 152,700 stores across the country, posted $696.1 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $482.6 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Russia’s largest food retailer “Magnit” announces the opening of its 8000th convenience store

Krasnodar, Russia, 2014-10-30— /EPR Retail News/ — PJSC “Magnit”, Russia’s largest food retailer (the “Company”; MICEX and LSE: MGNT) announces the opening of the 8000th convenience store.

Please be informed that today the Company opened its 8000th convenience store located at 29a Svobody street, Chukhloma, Kostroma oblast. This is the first “Magnit” store in this town where population is about 5000 people. The total space of the store is 477 sq. m. and its selling space is 351 sq. m. The outlet is owned by the Company.

For further information, please contact:
Timothy Post Director, Investor Relations
Email: post@magnit.ru
Office: +7-861-277-4554 x 17600
Mobile: +7-961-511-7678
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Dina Svishcheva Deputy Director, Investor Relations
Email: Chistyak@magnit.ru
Office: +7-861-277-45-54 x 15101
Mobile: +7-961-511-0202
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Company description:
Magnit is Russia’s largest food retailer. Founded in 1994, the company is headquartered in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar. As of September 30, 2014, Magnit operated 25 distribution centers and over 9,020 stores (7,891 convenience, 243 hypermarkets, and 886 drogerie stores) in approximately 2,000 cities and towns throughout 7 federal regions of the Russian Federation.

In accordance with the reviewed IFRS consolidated financial statements for 1H 2014, Magnit had revenues of $9,979 million USD and an EBITDA of $1,045 million USD. Magnit’s local shares are traded on the Moscow Stock Exchange (MICEX: MGNT) and its GDRs on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: MGNT) and it has a credit rating from Standard & Poor’s of BB. Measured by market capitalization, Magnit is one of the largest retailers in Europe.